N scale port layout

Kaustav has been back in touch with his N scale port layout.

Have a look at his weathering – he’s done such a good job.

“Hi Al,

As promised, here is the last part of the barge project.

After weathering, I needed to bring the model to the finish line by adding some details. Of course detailing in N Scale is always difficult, but with a little bit of patience it is possible to achieve some interesting details in such a small scale as well.

The trick is to tie everything together in the end to tell a story, however short, so people can connect to the model and the scene.

I decide the broader story first and then add the details, and sometimes improvise on that broad story as I go. That way, I know exactly what details I want to add to the model – I think that’s important.

It not only gives you clarity of what exactly you want to achieve and show in your model, it also helps people connect to your work.

So, here you go with the 3rd and final episode of The Barge. Hope you and viewers like it.


n scale port

n scale port

n scale port

n scale barge

n scale barge

n scale barge

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A huge thanks to Kaustav for sharing his N scale port layout – I really do enjoy his stuff, and by the comments on his last few posts, you lot do too.

Weathering comes up a lot on the blog, it’s not usually on barges though, more locomotives and rolling stock, and a building or two.

(Kaustav’s last post is here)

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming because it’s getting a bit thin on the ground this end.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More N scale layouts here if that’s your thing.

17 Responses to N scale port layout

  1. Great work , looks very good ….

  2. RalphBerry says:

    A splendid model and loads of useful hints and information.

  3. Rich B. says:

    Excellent, only thing missing is big wharf rat navigating up one of the mooring lines lol. Oops, I’ll have to shimmy out and put another rat guard on another cable.

  4. Dr. Uddin says:


  5. Rich B says:

    Try again…… Excellent, only thing missing is big wharf rat tight rope walking ashore on mooring line. I’d better shimmy out and put guard on hawser lol. Also rope coiled on deck or pier tug boat style always looks good.

  6. David Sheriff says:

    Incredible amount of work for realism…you are indeed an artist

  7. Marklin ed says:

    Wonderful work very detail, thanks Makes models come to life.

  8. Bayne Eason says:

    Simply amazing!

    Bayne in coastal South Carolina

  9. Brian Messenger says:

    Excellent job Kaustav. I love to see well detailed harbor scenes on any scale layout. I is hard to believe that the above is ‘n’ scale. Well done.
    Brian – the HOn3 guy Knysna RSA 🇿🇦

  10. Keith Wheatley says:

    That was absolutely brilliant. I loved the way you did your weathering . You are a very skillful modeller with lots of patience well done and I look forward to watching more of your vids Keith

  11. Earnie says:

    nice job!! great work!!

  12. NJ Mark says:

    I believe that having a story behind the modeling and even naming the figures enhances the creative process increasing the realistic qualities of the project. My daughter watched the video with me. She is an artist and has done many a diorama in her time; she was blown away!!!! Thanks for inspiring. Cheers! NJ Mark

  13. TOO COOL!!

  14. Geoff says:

    Just WOW….
    Amazing job. Fun to watch.

  15. Kaustav says:

    Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments and appreciation! I’m glad that you all liked the show and hope to keep your attention for the future projects and how-to videos as well. A lot going is happening on my workbench, but it’s hard to manage creative outburst with documentation, video editing etc. Hopefully I’ll be able to share it soon.


  16. Malcolm hodgsob says:

    Wow! Just loved the video. The final result is perfect.

    North Wales

  17. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Fantastic job on the weathering, “A++”, indeed an true artist. Al I am still working out the bugs on a fold upright with wheels and fine adjustment table. Back down again, been laying in bed for a week now. Docs want to put rods in back. Not going for that. Any how guys keep on riding the rails and coming up with new things. Thanks Al and Dave and everyone else that put in all those long hours to keep on riding the rails. Kaustav great Jon on the details on your whole layout, like to see blueprint on your baby.

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